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Public Invited to Offer Suggestions on Block Grants

Release Date: May 16, 2014
Contact: news@dhhs.nc.gov
             919-855-4840

Raleigh, N.C. - The public is invited to comment on the state's Social Services Block Grant plan. The N.C. Department of Health and Human Services creates this plan every year to outline how federal social services block grant funds will be administered.

From May 15 - May 28, 2014, the written plan is available on the web at: www.ncdhhs.gov/dss/pubnotice/ssbg.htm and a hard copy is available from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at:

NC Division of Social Services Central Office
Dorothea Dix Campus, Hargrove Building
820 S. Boylan Avenue
Raleigh, NC

Federal block grant funds help pay for some of the programs and services that states provide. States are given broad latitude under block grant funding to design and operate their own programs. However, the federal government places certain restrictions on what types of expenditures can be made from each block grant fund.

Citizens interested in commenting on the plan must submit written comments no later than May 28, 2014. Comments may be emailed to ssbg.comments@dhhs.nc.gov, faxed to (919) 334-1052, or mailed to:

Hank Bowers, Chief
Performance Management/Reporting & Evaluation Management Section
NC Division of Social Services
2415 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC 27699-2415

The Social Services Block Grant (SSBG) is the major source of federal funding for a wide variety of services such as adoption services, counseling services, adult day care and foster care services, protective services for adults, housing, and residential treatment services. Other uses of these funds may include child care for child welfare cases, community-based services for elderly and disabled adults (such as in-home aide services and preparation of meals), mental health services, transportation, and other human services programs. Use of the block grant funds for allowable services in North Carolina may vary each year according to the Plan approved by the General Assembly.

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